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Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 MSI 4GB Edition

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How well can the GeForce GTX 980 MSI 4GB Edition run games
2 Aug 2020 - Graphics card reviewed

Gamers upgrading will be considering the GeForce GTX 980 MSI 4GB Edition graphics card as a serious price to performance entry point. This card will meet and play most demanding AAA games and do so with good graphics setting as standard, and confidently pushing past the recommended game system requirements needed to run today’s games. This card meets game requirements up to DirectX 12.

Here is a performance review on how capable the GeForce GTX 980 MSI 4GB Edition is at running the more popular games of 2020. Specifically looking at this PC hardware’s ability to get suitable frames per second to play on Ultra game settings and what FPS it might get on 1080p, 1440p and 4K screen res. In comparison to the game recommended requirements of the 1000 most demanding games played today this PC hardware can run 669.

First we looked at 1080p resolution for the GeForce GTX 980 MSI 4GB Edition performance to explore what sort of benchmarks it would achieve on the popular title Microsoft Flight Simulator and predict it will deliver reasonable frames per second across the following graphics settings - Low: 148 FPS, Medium: 116 FPS, High: 78 FPS and Ultra: 56 FPS. We proceeded to look at Cyberpunk 2077 to see how that compared and predict that it will return a playable 35 FPS at Ultra 1080p.

We move on to 1440p, and predict that Microsoft Flight Simulator will deliver playable FPS results. Here are the graphic presets - Low: 113 FPS, Medium: 89 FPS, High: 60 FPS and Ultra: 43 FPS. Next we have Cyberpunk 2077 running on GeForce GTX 980 MSI 4GB Edition which is predicted to get L: 69FPS, M: 55FPS, H: 37FPS, U: 26FPS. And for performance contrast the popular Horizon: Zero Dawn is predicted to get L: 100FPS, M: 79FPS, H: 53FPS, U: 38FPS at 1440p. In summary we feel the GeForce GTX 980 MSI 4GB Edition running at 1440p is not a bad choice for a larger screen size like this. Some games will struggle though, but with some careful graphic option adjustments in-game you can normally find a suitable visual experience with this GPU at 1440p.

How many years will the GeForce GTX 980 MSI 4GB Edition graphics card play newly released games and how long until you should consider upgrading the GeForce GTX 980 MSI 4GB Edition in your PC? Upgrade time for this GPU is currently placed at 2 years

Whats a good PC graphics upgrade for the GeForce GTX 980 MSI 4GB Edition? If you want an upgrade suggestion for the GeForce GTX 980 MSI 4GB Edition then a good choice would be 16 Series GeForce GTX 1660 Super 6GB as this is better than 853 of the top 1000 most demanding game requirements with 26% better performance as well. Alternatively upgrading this graphics card would have us consider the R-500 Series Radeon RX Vega 56 8GB which is 35% more powerful. This upgrade choice can also run 946 games from the most demanding games today.
FPS System Benchmark
69 FPS
High
The GeForce GTX 980 MSI 4GB Edition was released on 19 Sep 2014

GeForce GTX 980 MSI 4GB Edition Game FPS Benchmarks On Ultra

Nvidia PC game performance check GeForce GTX 980 MSI 4GB Edition
GPU
Architecture
Maxwell GM204-400-A1
Process
28nm
TMUs
128
Texture Rate
156 GTexel/s
ROPs
64
Pixel Rate
78 GPixel/s
Shader
Processing Units (Cuda Cores)
2048
Ray Tracing Cores
Tensor Cores
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Driver Support
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Release Price
$549.99
Compatibility
Direct X
DX 12.1
Shader
5.0
Open GL
4.5
Resolution (WxH)
5120x3200
Notebook GPU
SLI/Crossfire
Dedicated
Integrated
Memory
Memory
4096 MB
Memory Speed
1753 MHz
Memory Bus
256 Bit
Memory Type
GDDR5
Memory Bandwidth
224.4GB/sec
L2 Cache
2048KB
Display Connectors
VGA Connection
0
DVI Connection
1
HDMI Connection
1
DisplayPort Connection
Clock Speeds
Core Speed
1126 MHz
Boost Clock
1216 MHz
Power
Max Power
180 Watts
PSU
500 Watt & 42 Amps
Power Connector
2x 6-pin
Recommended Hardware
Best RAM Match
8 GB
Best Resolution
2560 x 1440
GPU Upgrade
Resolution Performance
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GeForce GTX 980 MSI 4GB Edition Game Requirement Analysis

Overview
GeForce GTX 980 MSI 4GB Edition is a special edition of NVIDIA's high-end GeForce GTX 980 4GB created by MSI. It doesn't have any new features. Read below to know more.


Overclock Out of The Box
The Clock Frequencies of both Central Unit and Operating Memory Clock Remain the Same.


Cooling Solution
The Cooling System remains the same.


Power Consumption
According to MSI, the rated board TDP was unlocked to 180W. A 500W PSU with at least 2 6-pin available recommended is required.


Release Price
GeForce GTX 980 MSI 4GB Edition was released for $549.99. That's the same price of the reference Graphics Card.


Performance
Without a New Cooling Solution or overclocking out of the box, GeForce GTX 980 MSI 4GB Edition is as fast as the reference GeForce GTX 980 4GB. Therefore, Dual GeForce GTX 690 is still slightly faster.


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GeForce GTX 980 MSI 4GB Edition vs Avg. AAA Game System Requirements
Avg. AAA Recommended Requirements
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Popular Game System Requirements
Game Min. Rec.
Microsoft Flight Simulator 11% 11%
Cyberpunk 2077 35% 31%
Valorant 96% 91%
Assassins Creed: Valhalla 41% 31%
Horizon: Zero Dawn 22% 4%
Marvel's Avengers 41% 31%
Grounded 72% 21%
Grand Theft Auto VI 11% 42%
Death Stranding 42% 1%
Far Cry 6 11% 46%
GeForce GTX 980 MSI 4GB Edition Extras
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